EEL3290 Global Energy Issues Spring 2022
The project for this course is an energy study of some country (other than the USA). The project will
include a written report.
The grading for the entire assignment will have the following parts.
1. (15 points) Overview the country with information that will be relevant in discussing its energy
profile (see item 3 below). This will include its population, industries, land characteristics,
population characteristics (rural vs. urban, affluence, culture, etc.), GDP, climate, etc.
2. (20 points) Present information on the energy characteristics of the country. This would include
the makeup of the total primary energy supply (TPES) for the country, including imports and
exports. This would also include the energy intensity and the energy per person numbers.
Given the data on the EIA and IEA websites, you can also identify any trends in the energy
sources or uses for the country. (Graphs, charts, and tables are important here, but you should
also comment on what the data shows.)
3. (10 points) In presenting your energy profile of the country above, are there any important
events that should be used to help understand the profile? Although historical and political
events are not the subject of this report, if there are particular events which have relevance in
your analysis of the energy usage of the country, you should include these. (For some countries,
this may be difficult due to too many or too few news reports, but you should seek out and find
two or three items deserving of short discussion and citation. For other countries, you can
clearly see how energy use was affected by key events.) Examples of such events may be
natural disasters, key political or social events that have affected the energy profile, etc.
4. (20 points) Analyze the data presented under item 2 above by comparing the energy profile
that you present above with USA. Discuss the differences in the data between the two
countries, including hypotheses as to the reason for commonalities and differences. You may
want to model this on the factors discussed in class on deconstructing Energy Intensities. (Note
that you are not doing a full analysis of the comparison country to the same depth that you are
doing for your main country.)
5. (10 points) If you were to give recommendations or predictions for the future of the country
with respect to energy, what might they be? (Examples – changes in energy sources or energy
use). Give reasons for your recommendations. If an energy policy for the country exists and is
easily found, you may discuss it in the context of your discussions. (Many countries have such
policies publicly available. You are not required to find one and use it, but you may. However,
you should provide citation for any information you use.)
6. (25 points) Other points, distributed over the report:
a. 10 points – your written report should be presented in a professional manner – well
organized, graphs clearly labeled, etc. Your report should be written clearly and
correctly, avoiding grammar errors, misspellings, confusing statements, etc. Your report
should include informative graphics (maps or diagrams).
b. 5 points –Your report should also provide citations for your information, and these
references should be presented in a bibliography. (I am not a stickler for bibliography
format, but I do want to have complete information.)
c. 10 points — Your written presentation should be clear, well structured, and informative.
All students will be required to do a different country. Selection of a country is on a first-come basis.
You are required to make your request (submit on Webcourses@UCF) for a country by no later than
Friday April 1st (earlier is better). When you provide your country selection, please indicate the
• Name of student
• Selection of country. You should also provide a second and third choice, in case your first
choice is already claimed.
Suggested sources of information: Energy statistics are available from many sources. Here are some
that I recommend. (If web addresses have changed, you should still be able to find these sources
through a search engine.)
• US Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Agency. www.eia.doe.gov. At the site
http://www.eia.gov/countries/ , information is available on many countries (scroll to the bottom
for a list). The data includes Total Primary Energy Supply, Energy Intensity (energy per GDP
dollar), and Energy use per capita.
• International Energy Agency, the IEA: www.iea.org, and www.iea.org/stats. Again, lots of data
is available by selecting a country, including TPES, Sankey diagrams, various energy breakdowns,
• Some energy information (high-level) and general information on countries is available from the
CIA World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/ ), as well as
national sources and many other sources.
The sources cited above are suggested starting points for information about your country. You will need
to find additional sources as well, but these sources above will give much of the key information.
Any information that you use in your project should contain a complete reference. Information should
come from reputable sources. (To aid in my grading, any citation that might appear to someone to be
from a questionable source should have a short note of explanation with it as to why it should be
The written report must cover each of the items outlined in the grading breakdown above.
Report length: Times New Roman, size 12, single space, minimum 4 pages not including references
Format: Title, Name, Executive Summary, Main Part (Introduction, Main Findings, Conclusion), and
Note, you shouldn’t only summarize one report or directly copy from references. No plagiarism. It is an
individual project and report.
Selection of country: By no later than Friday April 1st
. (Earlier is better.) You should also be identifying
an initial set of sources that you can use. If more than one student selects the same country, then the
request received first will receive priority. See the discussion above on country selection for more
information on submitting your request.
The “official” due date for your written report is Monday April 25
th (the last day of class). Submissions
after April 25
th and up until Monday May 2nd (during finals week) will have a five percent penalty
deducted. The reports must be submitted through Webcourses@UCF.
Rubric and Key:
• You should either form your own thoughts/opinions or summarize key points based on readings
• You should use the evidence of figures, tables, numbers, etc. to support main findings or
• The report should be well organized, and you should pay attention to format, sections, citations,
3rd person, grammar and writing (15%)